Brazilian Ocelot Births Validate Importance of Artificial Insemination for Species Conservation

CINCINNATI (March 28, 2016)– Since 2010, three Brazilian ocelot kittens, females “Milagre,” “Ayla,” and “Revy,” have been produced using artificial insemination (AI) techniques developed and performed by scientists from the Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). All three of these genetically-valuable ocelots have gone on to produce offspring of their own as a result of natural breeding. The most recent kitten was born at the Santa Ana Zoo in December to Revy, the last…

Cincinnati Zoo’s Pollen Nation Buzzing with Activity

Zoo takes local action to give bees a chance

honeybeesatomCINCINNATI (May 25, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is embracing bees. Honeybees, or Apis mellifera, to be specific. Honeybees do more than just pollinate flowers and make honey. They also pollinate a third of the world’s crops and are critical to our agricultural…

Glass, Glass Baby: Breakthrough in cryopreservation technique produces kittens at Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW)!

CINCINNATI  (May 11, 2015) – Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW), a world leader in small cat reproductive research, has successfully produced the first non-human offspring – of any species – using vitrified sperm (semen preserved as glass instead of ice) for artificial insemination (AI).  The only other reported birth from AI using vitrified sperm was a single human baby produced at a fertility clinic in Chile in 2011.Glass...
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Cincinnati Zoo Flies Away with a Plume Award!

keaCINCINNATI, OH (April 10, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to announce that it has received the Plume Award for Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry from the Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG).

This award recognizes excellence in a single facet of husbandry such as first-time breeding, reintroduction programs, breeding consortiums, the…

Rare Sumatran Rhino Pregnancy at Indonesian Sanctuary


Cincinnati Zoo’s “Andalas” is Sparking Hope for His Species

Indonesia (February 9, 2012) – Scientists around the world are following the pregnancy of one of the world’s most endangered species, the Sumatran rhino. At the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park, “Ratu” has just completed the 11th month of her pregnancy. The expectant Sumatran rhino’s pregnancy will probably last four to five months longer.

In February 2010, Ratu’s first pregnancy was diagnosed but she miscarried after two…

Pallas’ Cats Born from Artificial Insemination


First Pallas’ Cat Kittens Produced with New Laparoscopic Oviductal Technique

CINCINNATI (June 23, 2011) – Three healthy Pallas’ cat kittens were born on June 8, 2011 at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden following a laparoscopic oviductal artificial insemination (AI) procedure conducted by scientists from the Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). This pregnancy and birth are the world’s first ever in Pallas’ cats from artificial insemination.  

Dr. Bill Swanson,…